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This page documents a feature the Wikimedia Foundation's Anti-Harassment Tools team has prioritized for software development.

🗣   We invite you to join the discussion!
🛠   Track in Phabricator at T2674.

The Wikimedia Foundation's Anti-Harassment Tools team is currently in development of partial blocks. Sitewide blocks are not always the appropriate response to some situations. Smaller, more tactical blocks may defuse situations while retaining constructive contributors. The goal of this project is to give wiki administrators a more robust set of tools to be able to better respond to different user conflict situations.

Please discuss this project at Talk:Community health initiative/Per user page, namespace, and upload blocking!

About

Typy blokad

Samo blokowanie wszystkich edycji nie zostanie naruszone. Wszystkie dotychczas nałożone blokady pozostaną nienaruszone. Oprócz całkowitego blokowania, będzie możliwe blokowanie tych czynności:

  1. Edycja pojedynczej lub kilku stron
  2. Edycja wszystkich stron w jednej lub kilku przestrzeniach nazw
  3. Przesyłanie plików
  4. Wysyłanie maili do innych użytkowników

Przypadki użycia

Te rodzaje blokad częściowych przydadzą się gdy:

  • Produktywny użytkownik dodaje treści propagandowe w niektórych tematach (np. polityka, religia)
  • Długo trwające akcje wandalizowania ze zidentyfikowanego zakresu IP (np. kibice jednej drużyny wandalizujące strony o przeciwnej drużynie.)
  • Dwóch lub więcej użytkowników otrzymało sankcję w postaci zakazu interakcji
  • Użytkownik często przesyłał pliki łamiące prawa autorskie
  • Użytkownik nadużywa funkcję wysyłania e-maili, ale na wiki wykonuje pożyteczne edycje
  • Użytkownik dokonuje nierozważnych edycji w szablonach

Funkcje

Blokady częściowe będą działać na zasadach takich, jak normalne, pełne blokady:

  • Mogą być nakładane przez administratorów.
  • Mogą być nakładane użytkownikom, adresom i zakresom adresów IP
  • Dostępne będą standardowe parametry blokad: powód, czas wygaśnięcia, zablokowanie dyskusji użytkownika i podstron oraz automatyczne blokowanie IP.
  • Będą widoczne w rejestrze blokad, na stronie Specjalna:Zablokowani i wszędzie tam, gdzie dotychczas widoczne były informacje o całkowitej blokadzie.
  • Gdy użytkownik zostanie zablokowany, zobaczy komunikat wyjaśniający, co ma zablokowane, wraz z pozostałymi informacjami o blokadzie (administrator, który zablokował, kiedy blokada wygaśnie, powód blokady, jak odwołać się od blokady.)
  • Tylko jedna blokada jest nakładana na jednego użytkownika, aby zmienić jej zakres, należy zmienić istniejącą blokadę.

Aktualności

September 11

Partial blocks has been enabled on all wikivoyage, wikisource and wiktionary wikis. We think the partial blocks feature is at a good, stable stage now as we have seen fewer and fewer bugs come up in the last few months of the feature being deployed on various projects. The team has spent a lot of time in improving the backend infrastructure of block code and made sure that the code is reliable, in anticipation of any future features that may need to be added.

There continues to be requests from more wikis for partial blocks. We also presented about partial blocks at Wikimania and it was very well-received, with several attendees asking for partial blocks to be enabled on their home wikis. In light of the general positive reception to partial blocks on wikis where it is deployed, we are planning to do a wider deployment to more Wikimedia projects in the next few weeks.

We will continue to collect feedback about partial blocks as we launch the feature on more wikis, alongside data collection on usage of the feature. We are also around to do maintenance work on the features, as and when needed.

March 13

Partial Blocks are now live on Arabic Wikipedia, which means they fully support non-Latin languages and RTL languages. Partial blocks is ready to enable on any language Wikimedia wiki (except Wikidata.) 🎇

We're looking for users who want to represent their wiki to enable this feature. Please leave a message on the talk page if you would like to help. Thank you!

February 13

Namespace blocks are live! 🚀

There are some minor fixes and changes we'll be working on over the next few weeks, but the next major stage for this project is to release to more wikis so we can observe how effective they are at mitigating user misconduct, and to get feedback about any changes we should make. Specifically, we are seeking to understand:

  1. What is an appropriate limit of the number of pages a user should be blocked from? In the first version limit is 10, but it can any number.
  2. How should partial blocks be logged to allow for accurate and specific logging while keeping the logs easy to read? Currently they are being logged comprehensively in the block log.
  3. Should a notice appear when someone edits the user or user talk page of a partially blocked user? Currently, a notice only appears if the user cannot edit that page (e.g. a user is blocked from their own user page)
  4. What features are missing that need to be built?

If you would like to have this functionality on your wiki to combat harassment, vandalism, or other forms of user misconduct, please let us know on the talk page.

January 30

As upload blocks will require additional database changes (which requires months of advance notice and planning) we will first complete page and namespace blocks before deciding to pursue upload blocks.

January 16, 2019

 
A screenshot of the MediaWiki interface for blocking users, taken January 14, 2019.

Today we reached another significant milestone! Partial Blocks have been enabled on Italian Wikipedia and the local wiki administrators are setting partial blocks to combat vandals! A big congratulation to my team for working through the inner guts of MediaWiki and all its processes to make sure we have a safe and reliable blocking tool. 🎉

If you would like to test the functionality, it will forever be available on http://test.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Block (write us if you need admin privileges.) We're already talking to two other languages of Wikipedias about being testers — if your wiki would like to test please write on our talk page!

December 20

As 2018 draws to a close, our team is putting the final touches on Namespace blocks. This functionality should be ready in January on Test Wikipedia and on the non-English Wikipedias that are eager to adopt this new functionality. Our plan for early 2019 is to release to several wikis and make changes based on what problems and opportunities arise. We'll also build the ability to block a user from uploading files, creating new pages, and renaming pages.

Meanwhile, our team's analyst is analyzing data on the effectiveness of blocks. These measurements should help us better understand how many blocks are effective at stopping continued abuse to the wiki or its community members. We expect this data to show us if partial blocks are as effective as sitewide blocks and hope this data can inform the governance policies for when to levy blocks and block lengths.

December 5

Our team is still working on addressing the final defects before we enable Partial Blocks on Italian Wikipedia. We're optimistic that we can hit this milestone next week! In the meantime testing is still available on Test Wikipedia and Test Wikidata for users interested in taking a look at what's ready so far.

We're also confident that we can get Namespace blocks to a near-ready state by the end of December, before we break for the winter holidays. That functionality should be ready on Test Wiki in January.

November 26

We have a handful of bugfixes and feature enhancements to release this week! This list explains everything that's changed. In short, these changes will make Partial Blocks only affect exactly what is listed in the block set by the admin, as we originally intended. All changes will be available on http://test.wikipedia.org by Wednesday of this week.

With this set of changed we feel confident in the stability and functionality of the feature. We are working with Italian Wikipedia to look-over the functionality on Test Wiki before they adopt the feature and integrate it into their user mediation workflows. If any other wikis are excited to use this functionality, please let us know and we'll begin working with you!

Meanwhile, our devs are also working on implementing Namespace blocks. We hope to have them completed in the coming weeks.

November 8

Partial blocks are live on Test Wikipedia and Test Wikidata! If you're an admin on another wiki and would like to test the functionality please write a message on our talk page.

This first feature set is limited: admins can block an user or IP from editing up to 10 specified pages. There are some known defects that we're currently working on (for example, if an admin is partially blocked from a page they can't delete any page.) and we'll get back to building namespace and upload blocks in later November.

If you're testing partial blocks we'd love to hear from you! Drop us a note about your experience with the tool. We're looking specifically for feedback about:

  • What is an appropriate limit of the number of pages a user should be blocked from? In the first version limit is 10, but it can any number.
  • Are you satisfied with how partial blocks are logged?
  • Do we need to change anything that has already been built?
  • Is the warning message in the VisualEditor too gentle?

Thank you!

October 19

We're making significant progress on Partial Blocks and are nearly live on production wikis. We hope to have a functional version on test.wikipedia.org and test.wikidata.org in the coming weeks. We're very excited to share it with you!

While the devs put the final touches on the first version, others on our team are currently thinking about how we want to measure the effectiveness of blocks. We're asking ourselves (and anyone who will listen) questions like "Are blocks effective at stopping harm? Do users who are blocked return to make constructive edits? How do we measure this?" — if you are interested in discussing this topic, we have a 7 proposed measurements and commentary on why we selected them at the other project page.

As part of this, we've generated some data on how frequently blocks are set (did you know there are currently 3.4 million active blocks?) and pages are protected (~20,000 pages are currently protected) to better understand the scale of administrative actions.

September 24

We have a fourth round of designs, based on feedback from our second round in June. Here are the two new designs, detailed UI element views can be seen in the gallery below. in #Designs

September 21

Our team is nearly ready to release the first feature set of partial blocks — the ability to block a user from ≤10 pages — on the beta environment then test.wikipedia by mid-October. We are talking with some early opt-in wikis to test the functionality, please let us know if your wiki would be interested in utilizing this functionality, which also gives you a great opportunity to dictate the future of this project!

In other news, due to technical complexity, we have decided to de-prioritize multiple blocks (phab:T194697) and remove it from this project. I've moved the documentation here. This small amount of functionality would take a very large amount of time to build and we first want to make sure page, namespace, and upload blocking work as expected and actually produce meaningful impact. We'll have another round of designs soon and we look forward to delivering a great partial blocks feature in the coming months!

September 4

We have our third round of designs almost ready and we want to share them now before we go too far without validating our direction. These designs include functionality to view details about multi-blocks. Because of this change we need to introduce a new piece of information during the blocking process. This led us to the idea of a block modal window, which can theoretically appear on any page — a diff page, recent changes, a profile, etc. This would allow an admin to block a user without having to navigate to another page. Here is how it would work:

// designs redacted, moved here. //

August 22

Based on conversations on the talk page, in person at Wikimania last month, and on the TechComm RFC for this project our team has decided to merge the project of multi-blocks into Partial Blocks. The goal of multi-blocks is to allow admins to set multiple concurrent blocks against an account with independent expiration dates, decreasing the manual workload on administrators. Example use cases for multi-blocks include:

  • User:Apples has been indefinitely blocked from editing Neptune. They then receive a 24 hour full-site block. When the full site block expires, they should continue to be blocked from Neptune.
  • User:Bananas is indefinitely blocked from editing Mars and from editing Venus until 2025. An admin wants to block them from Saturn for one month.
  • After User:Carrots has violated a wiki policy, an admin wants to set both an indefinite block against Pluto and a 24-hour sitewide block at the same time, without having to write a self-reminder to update the block.

This will require changes to Special:Block, Special:Unblock, Special:BlockList, and Special:Contributions. We are working on another round of designs (with minimal changes from the last round) which we will post on this page next week. Work for multi-blocks will be tracked in Phabricator at phab:T194697. Our TechComm RFC can be found at phab:T199917 which includes all our proposed database changes and other technical implementation details.

August 8

Most feedback we’re receiving at this stage in the project is about one hypothetical — yet entirely likely — workaround a malicious user could exploit to their advantage: a user using a temporary sitewide block to erase (and therefore evade) an indefinite partial block. This could be resolved with manual solutions (e.g. calendars and reminders to reinstate the partial block) but this is inconvenient and interruptive to your workflows and prone to human error. It’s clear that we need to determine a solution to prevent this abuse before Partial Blocks releases to most wikis. There are a few ways to do this and this can get pretty complicated, please help me determine which system we should build:


Option 1 - Re-blocks

Description: If an admin escalates a partial block to a sitewide block and the expiration date for the sitewide block is shorter than the previous partial block, the admin should have an option for the block to revert to the previous partial block parameters when the sitewide block expires.

Example: An admin blocks User:Apples from editing the page Argentina for 9 months. The same day, an admin modifies the block to Argentina and Bahamas for 8 months. The same day an admin blocks the user from the entire site for 7 months. After 7 months, User:Apples would be blocked from Argentina and Bahamas for 1 more month, after which the partial block would be entirely expired.

This change would only require adding one additional option into the Special:Block UI when a block is being modified.


Option 2 - Multi-blocks

Description: Admins should be able to set different expirations for different elements of a block.

Example: An admin could block User:Bananas from editing Argon for 9 months, Boron for 8 months, and sitewide for 7 months. After 7 months, the user would be blocked from Argon and Boron and after 1 more month the user would be blocked only from Argon. After 1 more month the partial block would be entirely expired.

This change would require a more significant change to how blocks are currently logged and managed on Special:Block, Special:BlockList, Special:Contributions, and Special:Unblock. Users can be partially blocked from an unlimited number of pages, meaning every page could hypothetically have a different expiration, which could lead to some complicated situations.


Option 3 - Something else!

We’d love to hear more alternate proposals. Please discuss on the talk page.

For all options it should be possible for an admin to clear all blocks from an account, leaving it entirely unblocked. This will most likely be a change to Special:Unblock.

Join us on the talk page to let us know what you think!

20 lipca

The banner has been disabled because of the delayed code release to major Wikipedias. We aim to re-enable it on all wikis from July 30 to August 3.

19 lipca

From today until Monday, July 23 we will be running a banner on Special:Block to invite administrators to visit this wiki page to read about this project and to provide feedback on our designs. If that banner brought you here, welcome!

13 lipca

This project was slightly delayed due to other interruptive work and unfortunately will not be demonstrable by Wikimania. The entire Anti-Harassment Tools team will be at Wikimania in Cape Town next week, so if you are attending please find us and discuss this project!

We are optimistic to have a functional version of this in early August. We're still planning to build it according to the designs in the June 28 update.

During the last week on July, we will post a banner on Special:Block inviting people to visit this page to learn about our changes. We anticipate a lot of people will join the discussion. Welcome!

We will also be holding a technical RFC in the coming weeks to make sure our architecture decisions are agreeable.

28 czerwca 2018

This project is currently in development and we hope to have a functional version ready by mid-July to demonstrate how this would work for further feedback. We anticipate a mid-August release to test wikis and will soon be looking for a wiki to try this as a pilot.

We have a new series of designs to share. We believe these should address most feedback we've received over the past month.

Uwagi co do tych projektów:

  • Pierwsza makieta pokazuje pola wyboru dla przesyłania plików i przenoszenia stron niezaznaczone. To jest błąd, który poprawimy w następnej rundzie projektów.
  • Rozwijalna lista powodów będzie wyświetlana tak szeroko, jak trzeba, w zależności od dostosowanej zawartości tej listy lokalnie na wiki. Będzie funkcjonować tak jak dotychczas.
  • Zamierzamy dodać ajaxowe ładowanie tabeli z historią blokad. Na małych ekranach będzie ona pod narzędziem lub z prawej strony dla szerszych monitorów (na wiki z pismem LTR).

Starsze

Wcześniejsze aktualności były umieszczane na stronie dyskusji, ale teraz będziemy pokazywać je tutaj. Oto podsumowanie tego, co było do tej pory:

  • We believe it makes the most logical and practical sense to build this functionality on top of Special:Block as opposed to a new tool, as it shares nearly identical mental models, workflows, and user experiences. We understand that most blocks will be sitewide so the default workflows will be optimized to not interrupt current usage. All changes we make will be additive to existing functionality.
  • Zdecydowaliśmy się wstrzymać z blokowaniem według kategorii, ponieważ może to skomplikować sprawy. Upewnimy się, że blokowanie edycji konkretnych stron, przestrzeni nazw i przesyłania plików są wystarczające i spełniają cel umożliwienia społecznościom nakładanie sankcji na produktywnych użytkowników, ale którzy w niektórych dziedzinach sprawiają problemy.
  • It has been suggested that we abandon this project altogether. Our team, the Anti-Harassment Tools team, strongly believes this will be a useful tool to address situations and we acknowledge this needs to be released to wikis delicately as it will alter how sanctions are set. We do not believe partial blocks will be appropriate for all situations, in some cases socially enforced sanctions may still be needed.

Proponowana implementacja

  • Na stronie Special:Block dodać opcję wyboru między blokadą całkowitą a częściową.
  • Kiedy wysłano formularz z zaznaczoną opcją sitewide, blokada będzie działać na zasadach jak do tej pory.
  • Jeżeli zaznaczono opcję partial, administrator będzie mógł podać listę stron i przestrzeni nazw:
    • Jeżeli administrator określi strony do zablokowania:
      • Blokowanie edycji stron dostępne jest tylko dla istniejących stron, ze sprawdzaniem poprawności w polu wprowadzania.
      • Podpowiadanie powinno pomóc administratorowi poprawną stronę.
      • Strony mogą być z dowolnych przestrzeni nazw
      • Jeżeli strona zostanie przeniesiona lub usunięta, użytkownik nadal nie będzie mógł edytować tej strony (blokada zapisuje ID strony, nie jej nazwę)
    • Jeżeli administrator określi przestrzenie nazw do zablokowania:
      • Pole powinno akceptować tylko prawidłowe przestrzenie nazw, z wymogiem poprawności w polu wprowadzania.
      • Podpowiadanie powinno pomóc administratorowi poprawną przestrzeń nazw.
  • Dla nowych pól wyświetlać podpowiedzi pomocy
  • Informacje o blokadach w Specjalna:Wkład, Specjalna:Zablokuj i Specjalna:Rejestr powinny wskazywać, czy blokada jest częściowa:
    • Wpis rejestru dla całkowitych blokad nie powinien się zmienić.
    • Wpis rejestru dla blokad na konkretne strony powinien brzmieć CZAS blokujący-admin (d|w|z) wyłączył BadApples (d|w) z edytowania strony Foobar z czasem wygaśnięcia N (powód) (odblokuj | zmień blokadę)
    • Wpis rejestru dla blokad na przestrzenie nazw powinien brzmieć CZAS blokujący-admin (d|w|z) wyłączył BadApples (t|c) z edytowania przestrzeni nazw Foobar z czasem wygaśnięcia N (powód) (odblokuj | zmień blokadę)
    • Wpis rejestru dla blokad na konkretne strony i jednocześnie przestrzenie nazw powinien brzmieć CZAS blokujący-admin (d|w|z) wyłączył BadApples (t|c) z edytowania strony Foobar i przestrzeni nazw Foobar2 z czasem wygaśnięcia N (powód) (odblokuj | zmień blokadę)
  • Blokada powinna zostać wymieniona i opisana na stronie Special:BlockList, zgodnie z projektami
  • Gdy użytkownik próbuje edytować zablokowaną w ten sposób stronę, powinien zobaczyć nowy rodzaj komunikatu o blokadzie, z nowym kluczem tekstu (tłumaczenia), który zawiera wszystkie informacje o danej blokadzie
  • Jedna blokada na użytkownika (tak jak dotychczas) — administrator musi zmienić istniejącą blokadę, aby ją zaktualizować.
  • Jeżeli nakładana jest blokada częściowa, opcja Edytowanie przez tego użytkownika swojej strony dyskusji powinna być oznaczona jako zablokowana
  • API do blokowania powinno być dostosowane do obsługi blokad częściowych
    • Blokowanie całkowite poprzez API nie powinno się zmienić
    • Należy zaktualizować dokumentację API
    • Jeżeli blokada częściowa jest nakładana poprzez API, nieprawidłowe strony i przestrzenie nazw powinny być ignorowane

Projekty

Uwagi

Blokowanie całych kategorii

Poprzednio projekt miał na celu stworzenie administratorom możliwości blokowania użytkownikom edycji wszystkich stron z wybranych kategorii. Zostało to wstrzymane dopóki nie stworzymy blokowania pojedynczych stron, przestrzeni nazw i przesyłania plików. Dodanie blokowania całych kategorii wymaga podjęcia pewnych dodatkowych kroków przy zmianie systemu:

  • Co z kategoriami na stronach dyskusji zablokowanych artykułów?
  • Dla jakiego poziomu głębokości podkategorii blokady mają mieć zastosowanie?
  • Co z sytuacjami, gdzie użytkownik z pacynki usunie stronę z kategorii w celu ominięcia blokady?
  • Czy wpłynie to na szybkość działania, wydajność?

Wnioski użytkowników

Functionality for setting more tactical types of blocks has been requested in:

Restrykcje edycyjne

In addition to simple per user blocking, the Foundation's Anti-Harassment Tools team would like to support the work done by volunteers who set, monitor, and enforce editing restrictions on Wikimedia wikis, as well as building systems that make it easier for users under a restriction to avoid the temptation of violating a sanction and remain constructive contributors.

The Editing restriction page will be used to collate and share ideas about implementing tools to make this work more accurate and more efficient. Join us on Talk:/Editing restrictions to discuss the problems encountered today that could be addressed with tech solutions.